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Morpheus model showcased at the Pompidou Centre

An intricate paper model of the Morpheus Hotel exoskeleton is within the “Neurons, simulated intelligence” exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

While artificial intelligence appears to have invaded all the industrial fields of the contemporary world, from finance to medicine, games to behaviour, architecture and the military, this situation has never really been linked to the history of neuro-science and neuro-computation. The exhibition “Neurons, simulated intelligence” highlights the links between the experimentation of artists, architects, designers and musicians, with the research undertaken by major scientific laboratories or the industrial sector.

Morpheus was designed as a vertical extrusion of the site’s existing abandoned foundations for a condominium tower that did not progress; using this rectangular footprint to define a 40-storey building of two internal vertical circulation cores at podium and roof levels where the hotel’s many guest amenities were required.

Three horizontal vortices generate the voids through the central atrium and define the hotel’s spectacular interior public spaces. In-between these voids, a series of bridges create unique spaces for the restaurants, bars and guest lounges by renowned chefs including Alain Ducasse & Pierre Herme.

Working with BuroHappold Engineering, Zaha Hadid Architects designed the building’s structure to optimise the hotel’s interiors. The world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton, its rich pattern of structural members at lower levels progresses upwards to a less dense grid of lighter members at its summit.

NEURONS, Simulated intelligence
26 Feb 2020 - 20 Apr 2020 | 11 am – 9 pm
Galerie 4 at Pompidou Centre, Paris

Pompidou Centre